How To Play Draven In League Of Legends

Draven is one of the strongest ADCs around. He has insane damage potential and can basically win any 1v1 he finds himself in. Here’s how you can get started playing the Glorious Executioner.


Draven fits the mold of the classic ADC lane bully. When played correctly, you’ll find yourself carrying games easily without breaking a sweat. His early game pressure can be too much for the opposing ADC and it’s very easy to get ahead as Draven even with a small lead. His biggest weakness though, is his vulnerability to Crowd Control. As with most ADCs, Draven lacks a true escape tool and can be susceptible to ganks when enemies get too close. He also has relatively short range compared to other ADCs. But he does make up for these with the ridiculous damage he can dish out once he gets his items.

Champion Abilities

Draven’s kit has a lot of buffs and steroids that greatly increase his overall damage output. Thanks to his kit, he can outdamage most ADCs no matter what the matchup. He is a little hard to use but when mastered can feel very overpowered.

Passive – League of Draven

Draven gains a stack of Adoration when he catches a Spinning Axe or kills a minion, monster, or tower. He also gets 2 bonus stacks when killing 6 minions in a row without dropping an axe. When Draven kills an enemy champion, he gains 25 bonus Gold and consumes his Adoration stacks, gaining 2 additional Gold per stack.

Draven loses 75% of his Adoration stacks upon death.

This is a big reason why it’s so easy to snowball a lead as Draven. The bonus gold he gets just for having good mechanics helps him easily get his core items before the enemy. Once he’s ahead, it’s very difficult to stop him.

Q – Spinning Axe

Draven’s next attack will deal bonus physical damage. This axe will ricochet off the target high up into the air. If Draven catches it, he automatically readies another Spinning Axe. Draven can have two Spinning Axes at once.

This is Draven’s signature ability and what he is best known for. There’s nothing too fancy about its effect; it increases the damage your basic attack deals. What makes it complicated is the axe catching mechanic. You need to catch axes to make the most of this ability. There’s an indicator where the axe will fall so you can see where to position yourself in but this also means that the opponent can see where you’ll be going. 

W – Blood Rush

Draven gains increased Movement Speed for 1.5 seconds and increased Attack Speed for 3 seconds. The Movement Speed bonus decreases rapidly over its duration.

Catching a Spinning Axe will refresh Blood Rush’s cooldown.

Another ability that buffs up Draven. This gives him decent mobility to help him position in fights and dodge skillshots. The attack speed also increases your DPS making you even stronger.

E – Stand Aside

Draven throws his axes, dealing physical damage to targets hit and knocking them aside. Targets hit are slowed for 2 seconds.

Draven’s only form of crowd control. A lot of players tend to misuse this ability and they fail to see the outplay potential Stand Aside has. The utility it offers is topnotch and can turn any fight in your favor when timed correctly.

R – Whirling Death

Draven hurls two massive axes in a given direction, dealing physical damage to every unit struck and executing enemy champions if their health is less than or left below his current League of Draven stacks. Whirling Death slowly reverses direction and returns to Draven after striking an enemy champion. Draven can also activate this ability while the axes are in flight to cause it to return early.

Deals 8% less damage for each unit hit (Min 40%) and resets when the axes reverse direction.

There’s not much to say about Draven’s ultimate. It’s a global ability so you can use it and hit the enemies wherever they are on the map. It has great burst damage but it’s better off being used to execute low health targets attempting to escape.

Runes and Item Builds

Draven has some pretty interesting choices for his item builds depending on your preferred playstyle. You can go with heavy burst damage or a DPS oriented build. A healthy mixture of both is key to succeeding with Draven especially when you’re new to playing the champion.

Starting Items

For starting items, go with Doran’s Blade and a Health Potion. There’s a reason why most ADCs, or most AD champions for that matter, start with Doran’s Blade. That’s because it has everything you need to help you make it out of the early game. Cull is another good starting item but it’s only good if you plan on just farming to get your items which is the exact opposite of Draven’s ideal playstyle. It could still be good in certain situations especially if you’re in a losing matchup.

Mythic Items

Most AD Mythic items are viable on Draven depending on who you ask. For this guide, we’ll just focus on the three best Mythics that you can’t go wrong with. The best choice for Draven is Immortal Shieldbow. This item increases Draven’s damage and survivability plus it has an active shield that boosts your lifesteal. Eclipse is another good option if you’re planning to build full on lethality and be more of a burst ADC. It has great sustain as well and a shield that can protect you in dire situations. Galeforce can also be an amazing alternative especially if you’re against opponents with a lot of mobility. It can help you chase down targets or escape from ganks plus its stats synergize well with your core playstyle.

Full Build

Before you go off finishing your Mythic item, the first item you should rush is always a Serrated Dirk. It builds off into one of your core items and it increases your damage by a mile early on. After getting Serrated Dirk, you should focus on completing your Mythic item and grabbing boots. For boots, the best choice is Berserker’s Greaves. Next, finish off your Serrated Dirk by completing The Collector. This item gives you raw damage and increased critical strike chance. It also has a passive that lets you execute low health targets. Next, build Lord Dominik’s Regard for increased damage against targets that have a higher max health than you. Since you’re an ADC, most enemy champions will have a higher max health than you so this item is invaluable. Next, go for Infinity Edge. This item is pretty much standard on every ADC since it gives good raw damage and increased crit. Finish off your build with Guardian Angel for the increased survivability.

Viable Items

There are plenty of good viable items that you can buy on Draven. Most AD items can arguably fit in his core items. What we’ll mention in this guide are the more notable ones that can be easily used to replace the items we’ve mentioned above. Rapid Firecannon is up first since it’s a great item on Draven. It increases his attack speed and it’s passive adds to your overall damage. Stormrazor is similar to Rapid Firecannon but adds more points to your attack damage. Bloodthirster is another great item that you can get if you decide to not take Immortal Shieldbow. This item has lifesteal, damage, and critical strike chance so it’s a worthwhile pickup on any ADC. Mortal Reminder is a good alternative to Lord Dominik’s Regard. Use it when against a team comp that has a lot of healing abilities. 


For runes, go with the Domination tree and take Hail of Blades as your keystone. This increases your DPS in short bursts when trading with your opponent. Next, take Taste of Blood for the healing, Eyeball Collection for the increased damage, and Ravenous Hunter for the increased omnivamp whenever you takedown enemy champions. For secondaries, take Presence of Mind for the mana sustain, and Legend: Bloodline for more lifesteal. For rune shards, take Attack Speed, Adaptive Force, and Armor

Useful Tips

  1. You can actually control where your Spinning Axes will fall. If you move after attacking, Spinning Axe will lead him in the direction of his movement. If you don’t move however, the axes will fall directly where you are standing.
  2. Stand Aside can be used to interrupt most channeling spells. Use it often when enemies try to initiate a fight or gank you.
  3. For summoner spells, always take Flash and Heal. Exhaust and Cleanse are good alternatives for Heal but it depends on your matchup.

So there you have it! That’s all you need to know about playing Draven in League of Legends. Be sure to check back with us again for more awesome guides on your favorite games. Have fun and we’ll see you on the Rift!